Xiaomi has been long rumoured to launch its range of laptops in India. In January this year, the company filed a trademark for ‘RedmiBook’ with the Intellectual Property India website, hinting that a launch was around the corner. The RedmiBook 14 also bagged BIS certification in India in March. It now appears that the launch could be closer than we thought. Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain has reportedly announced that the company will launch Mi/Redmi laptops in India soon, in an online meeting with retailers. The news was revealed by tipster Ishan Agarwal, who has a good track record with inside information. Xiaomi’s laptops are currently sold in its home market of China under both the Mi Notebook and RedmiBook line-ups.
Xiaomi could launch Mi/Redmi laptops in India soon
.@manukumarjain said in today's online meeting with retailers that Mi/ Redmi Laptops will launch in India ASAP (HOPE!). Didn't provide any concrete date/timeline. Not planning to launch any Tabs like Mi Pad, though. Didn't comment on upcoming launches like Mi 10 lite/K30 Pro ??
— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) April 27, 2020
As per the source, Jain did not provide any launch dates or timelines for the laptop launches, which is expected considering the current restrictions that are in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While Jain has reportedly informed his retail partners of the company’s decision to enter the laptop segment in India as soon as possible, we can safely expect it to be a couple of months before an actual launch takes place. As per Agarwal, Xiaomi has no plans to bring any of its tablets to India at present. Launches of upcoming phones like the Mi 10 Lite and Redmi K30 Pro were also not discussed in the meeting.
RedmiBook 14 specifications and features
The RedmiBook 14 was initially launched in China in May 2019, and refreshed with new Intel processors in August. It features a 14-inch display with full HD resolution and an 81.2 percent screen to body ratio. The device is powered by 10th-gen Intel Core i5/ i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics. It offers 8GB RAM and comes in 256GB/512GB of SSD storage options.
The RedmiBook 14 runs Windows 10 and features Xiaomi’s Smart Unlock 2.0 feature, which takes just 1.2 seconds to unlock the laptop from standby mode. As for connectivity, it offers two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, 3.5mm jack, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.
The laptop is powered by a 46Whr battery with fast charging and 10-hour battery life. In China, the prices start at RMB 3999 (~Rs 42,900).